Arsenal should have won the Premier League title last season – according to some fascinating shots-to-goal statistics.
The Gunners missed out on Champions League qualification again last term, finishing fifth in Unai Emery’s debut season at the Emirates.
Yet according to research from bookmaker SportNation.bet , they should have topped the table.
Over the past decade, six of the last nine Premier League champions have also been the team with the highest shots-to-goal conversation rate.
Manchester City were one of the few anomalies in the 2011/12 campaign, but they famously snatched the title away from shot-to-goal conversion kings Manchester United in the dying seconds of their final outing against QPR.
Liverpool boasted the best conversion rate in the 2013/14 campaign and looked set to clinch their first league crown since 1990 that year, until Steven Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea gifted City another title.
And Arsenal are the third team in the past decade to convert the highest percentage of their shots and not go on to lift the title in that campaign, with their ratio of 15.63 per cent [73 shots scored out of 467] beating Liverpool [15.48 per cent] and champions City [13.91 per cent].
It highlights just how poor Emery’s men were defensively, then, that they couldn’t get their hands on the trophy.
The north London club conceded 51 goals last term, which equals their worst ever defensive record in the Premier League.
In the last 10 years, Leicester were the side who won the league with the fewest shots – 522.
Arsenal only had 467 last year, falling 55 shots behind the Foxes’ title-winning campaign.
Emery will hope that club-record signing Nicolas Pepe can help them pull the trigger more often, nevertheless.
The £72m man managed 118 shots overall and 61 shots on target last season in France, scoring on 23 occasions.